Saturday, Aug 13, 2022

French Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz Saves Match Point, Joins Novak Djokovic In Third Round

Novak Djokovic will next face Aljaz Bedene, while Carlos Alcaraz meets Sebastian Korda at French Open 2022.

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates a point against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at French Open 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz celebrates a point against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at French Open 2022. AP Photo

Favourites Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain registered contrasting wins on Wednesday in the men's singles third round at French Open 2022. (More Tennis News)

World number one Novak Djokovic, 35, continued his red-hot form at Roland Garros with a straight-sets win over victory over Alex Molcan. The defending champions defeated 24-year-old Slovakian at 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Molcan did push the 20-time Grand Slam champion to a third-set tiebreaker in Paris but failed to make it count.

Djokovic will next face 32-year-old Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, who defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in four sets, 4-5, 6-4, 7-5 (5), 6-4.

But Carlos Alcaraz endured a five-setter against 44th-ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 19-year-old Spaniard saved a match point in the fourth set and then was forced to fight back in the decider to win his second-round match 6-1, 6-7 (7), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

In a match that lasted more than four and half hours, the sixth-seeded Alcaraz won six of the final seven games to settle a nervy match against his fellow Spaniard at Court Simonne-Mathieu.

The teen sensation is the youngest player to break into the top 10 of the ATP rankings since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

Earlier, Alcaraz became the first man to beat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament on clay. He then went on to win Madrid Open.

Alcaraz next face Sebastian Korda. The 27th-seeded American defeated French veteran Richard Gasquet in straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3.


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